Closing Event: In-conversation with Maryam Tafakory, Zara Joan Miller and Elhum Shakerifar

17 June, 2023
– 17 June, 2023
A woman in a hijab with her head slightly tilted back, eyes closed, and a serene expression. A hand stretches into the frame, as if reaching towards the woman's face
'Nazarbazi نظربازی', Maryam Tafakory, 2022

Join us for an in-conversation with Maryam Tafakory, Zara Joan Miller and Elhum Shakerifar as we come together to celebrate the closing of Tafakory’s exhibition ‘I want to tell you what I can’t’, on Sat 17 June 2023. 

We have extended the exhibition viewing hours from 12pm to 7pm on its final day. Take your time to see the exhibition before the conversation takes place in the conservatory at 7pm. 

Free, booking is encouraged. 



Screening Schedule:

Our screening consists of two films, with a total runtime of 28 minutes. The films will be shown every half hour from 12 pm to 5 pm, with the captioned version available hourly at half past the hour.



Auditory/Visual Access: We have hearing loops, a large print guide and magnifying glasses available in the space. The video works in the black box space have open captions. (Please check the screening schedule).

Sensory Access: Please note that the exhibition space is very dark, and the sound/
noise volume is adjusted to a higher level. Let us know in advance if you require the room
to be brighter or lower volume environment.

Content NoteNazarbazi نظربازی contains depictions of body injury.

You can find general access information here

Maryam Tafakory [b. Shiraz, Iran] is an artist filmmaker whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival, and found material. Screenings of her work include MoMA, Cannes, Locarno, ICA, M HKA, and FICUNAM, amongst others. She has won awards such as the Best Experimental Short at the 70th MIFF, Gold Hugo Award at the 58th Chicago International Festival, Tiger Short Award at the 51st IFFR, and Barbara Hammer Feminist Award at the 60th AAFF.

Zara Joan Miller is a British/Iranian artist and author of poetry collection BLUE MONDAY (JOAN Publishing, 2022). She works across moving image, performance and print – often playing with movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm.

Her critical writings on film and art have appeared in Another Gaze, British Journal of Photography, Autograph Gallery and Flash Art.

Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA-nominated producer, curator, writer and translator working through London-based company Hakawati (‘storyteller’ in Arabic). Her credits include A Syrian Love Story (2015, Sean McAllister), ISLAND (2018, Steven Eastwood) and Even When I Fall (2017, Sky Neal & Dara McLarnon). Elhum was MENA/Iran programme advisor for London Film Festival for 7 years until 2021, and has curated for Shubbak, Barbican and Birds-Eye-View. She has taught documentary at Berlin Freie and UCL as well as on programmes from Georgia to Lebanon via Egypt and Tunisia. Elhum was recipient of a BFI Vision Award in 2016, she was awarded the Women in Film & TV BBC Factual Award in 2017.


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